I bought The Hitachi Early 2001 and was very pleased to ge the main unit(amp,radio tuner minidisk and cd player), speakers and the tape deck(with all the latest DOLBY things) for only £300(compared to £380 for a sony equivalent which didnt have DOLBY things) The packaging it came in was very good, and quite small. It was well packed with all the right things inside.. after a look at the instucton manual(which was VERY poorly written, with only a few crappy "clip art" images) i finally got down to set up the equiptment, it was very easy for me because i am very good at this kind of things anyway. I powered it up and i was very suprised and the sound, for the price it was about avarage. The system looked very nice stacked up and i couldn't beleive Hitachi could make something so beutiful. The radio was very good, it has a RMS system which find info on the radio station you need. I was very suprised and the sound quality of the radio, it was better than my £120 PIONEER on on my main system! The cd played with about avarage quality with a tray which was very solidly built. the Minidisc was good quality with a good loading system but unfortuanatly quite poor quality sound. All the frequancys were not quite perfect. The tape deck was amazing quality. the built quality was better than SONY and the sound qualtiy was amazing. The tape deck has 3 modes of play and 2 DOLBY's. To try out the DOLBY features, i tried using a 20 year old tape on it. I switch on one of the dolby's and to my suprise it completely filtered ALL the distortion. The remote control is easy to use and good quality. beleive me I have drop it on the floor many times. AND finally the AMPLIFYER was the last thing i tried out. TO try this i plugged in my PIONEER dvd player and played a CD on it. The sound quality was incredable. the clarity was very pure. The speach was perfectly rounded, and every note was perfect. The spe akers. These are the things that disapoint this system. They are 2-way with one 4inch long-throw paper driver and a 1/2 tweeter. The speaker cases were small and quite deep. At the rear of the speaker were 2 gold plateted screw type inputs so you could use banana plugs on the speaker wires. The sound of these speakers were AWFUL! the sound was almost distorted. and the mid-freq was almost not there, there was next to NO bass at, and the high end wasn't sharp at all. Due to the ARFUL speakers, i went online and bought a pair of WARFEDALE VALVUS 300's and some GALE spear wire (£60 total), and the sound was 100.000.000 times better. Now the system sounded like a £600 system. (shame on you Hitachi) As a conclusion, i would like to say that all the the features are very good quality.(except for speakers) The build quality was very very good. Only just get rid of the original speakers and spend £70 on quality speakers and wire). The whole system is made of metal and it has a thick aluminum front panel which is very classy. If you wont a buget system that is very good quailty and that will last for years to come this is the one for you. Thx for reading.
My intention was not originally to go out and buy a Hitachi AX-M5 HiFi but a vertical load Hitachi Micro System. The model I now have was substituted by Argos when the stock of my original choice had been depleted. I am now extremely pleased that I accepted the new product. The Micro System outputs 30W per speaker which is more that most within this price range, and more that my original choice, all for the same price. The player contains all of the expected functions, programmable CD Player, RDS Radio, Auto Reverse Cassette player. Other advanced features include the ability to programme names for all of the radio stations, including MW and LW, which would not normally be allowed by the automatic naming from the RDS System. This system is very loud for a small Hi-Fi and I have found that it is not possible to listen to music late at night without waking people!! The output, however, is superb, both the treble and bass are so clearly defined, and the extra settings for Pop, Rock and Jazz music actually make a difference unlike some systems. The sound is much clearer than I have ever heard before from a sub £130 Hi-Fi. The Hitachi AX-M5 is the same model as the AX-M7 apart from the mini disc player, which is not included. Just recently I have purcahsed a Pioneer DVD Player, from which I have output the sound too the Hitachi Hi-Fi, via Phono cables. I am amazed with the quality of audio reproduction. Unfortunately I have not seen this product in most of the electrical stores. Therefore, it may be worth checking with Argos to see if this product is still being sold as a replacement product.
I dont understand how come my parents have: A chest freezer. A Bang and Olufsen Hi Fi. A hoover. An upright fridge. A bunch of power tools. ALL WHICH WERE PURCHASED IN 1970 AND ARE STILL IN FULL WORKING ORDER !! Neither of these have ever had a service or have any form of extended warranty and are still fully operational.( although now secondry items to new stuff bought in the last 5 years) BUT.. If I buy any goods (of this nature) I have to buy warranties and insurances and guarantees. and as soon as one of these runs out, the equipment will die !! I am going back to the 70s to buy myself some everlasting goods (I will not buy my time machine from Dixons though !!) Groovy !
This is an excellent hi fi and had everything that I was looking for. I would recommend this to anyone that has lots of money to spend (at £299-99 it isn't cheap but worth every penny), someone that's into high technology with all the latest "mod cons" and someone that wants style, minidisk recording and play facilities, CD player and radio packed into a small space, (w)21 (D)30 (H)15cm. The speakers are also very small, (W)15 (D)22 (H)27, they have a removable grey cover wihich does actually look better without it! Underneath the cover there's hidden a stylish modern look. The speakers are light brown, smooth wood with a nice polish. The output is 30x2watt which is pleanty for the average house, it's even fine for a good party! The sound is crisp and not at all fuzzy. It comes with a remote control which is very easy to use. The manual gives instructions for both the remote and the buttons on the actual hifi. That way if you don't get on with one you have a different option. In the centre of the hifi there's a digital screen whcih shows things suce as the track number being played, if it is mini disk or CD, how long there's to go until the end of the song/how long the song has been playing for/or the total amount of time the songs will run for.